PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
Training a qualified Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) workforce
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed for the implementation of a new weatherization training model. This model expanded and improved the weatherization training system and addressed the increased need for a qualified Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) workforce.
On July 1, 2009, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), in partnership with the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), established a plan for a statewide weatherization training program while implementing certification requirements to properly prepare weatherization workers.
A new national certification, the Quality Control Inspector (QCI), has been added and was implemented on July 1, 2015.
To accomplish the training requirements and extend training opportunities across the entire Commonwealth, DCED funds the National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC), an IREC accredited facility at Penn College in Williamsport to offer the PA Certification requirements as well as the QCI.
Pennsylvania’s weatherization certification curriculum is comprised of Pennsylvania WAP-developed weatherization courses supplemented by third party, industry-recognized credentials, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction safety training and Building Performance Institute (BPI) training and certifications as well as necessary DOE and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) training. The QCI certification curriculum has been written and created by DOE.
For a course schedule of weatherization trainings or QCI certification, please visit the NSSC’s website at http://www.pct.edu/nssc/. The Energy Coordinating Agency Inc. in Philadelphia also offers QCI certification.